Question: What is Truffle Cheese?
Uniquely aromatic and often thought of as a cheese to be saved for special occasions, Truffle cheese has a flavor that separates it from all other cheeses.
Truffle cheese is any type of cheese that has been flavored with truffles, a highly-prized fungus with an earthy, complex flavor and aroma.
Most types of truffle cheese have shavings of truffles in them, but truffle oil can also be used to flavor cheese. Next time you're at the cheese shop, look for one of these truffle cheeses:
Sottocenere: A strong truffle aroma is followed by a slightly milder truffle flavor in this semi-soft Italian cheese. Adding to the truffle aromatics are a blend of nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, licorice, cloves, and fennel rubbed into the rind.
Moliterno Black Truffle Pecorino: A Sardinian cheese with the earthy, nutty, salty flavor of pecorino layered with black truffle paste. The truffles can be seen in dark lines throughout the cheese. Made from raw sheep's milk.
Boschetto al Tartufo: A semi-soft Italian cheese made from a blend of pasteurized cow and sheep milk. The cheese is mild, letting the shavings of white truffle dominate the flavor.
Truffle Tremor: Pasteurized goat's milk with a soft, fluffy texture. Flecked with bits of black truffle. Made by Cypress Grove in California.
Truffle and Salt Cheddar: An aged, pasteurized cheddar made with black truffle salt. Created by Ballard Family Dairy and Cheese in Idaho.
Truffle Gouda: Dutch gouda flavored with little flecks of black truffle. Less sharp and sweet than some types of gouda, the cheese has a flavor that doesn't overpower the truffles.
Serving and Cooking Truffle Cheese
Truffle cheese is often best enjoyed without any distraction, save a mild a cracker or slice of baguette. Of course, adding a glass of sparkling wine or Pinot Noir can add to the pleasure.
Pairing Truffle Cheese with Sparkling Wine
Pairing Pinot Noir with Cheese
If you'd like to try cooking with truffle cheese, try one of the recipes below:
More Truffle Cheese Recipe Ideas:
Melt truffle cheese into a fondue
, make a truffle cheese pizza, use truffle cheese instead of cheddar in macaroni and cheese
, melt the cheese into scrambled eggs.